Category Archives: Nutrition

Nut-trition from the Health Nut

Florence Nutingale

Florence Nutingale

Nuts can, and we believe should, play a key role in a healthy diet. A recent Google search on “nut studies” showed 27 million results. Enough to drive you nuts. Here’s a concise summary from Flo, our resident health nut and inspiration for the Little NutThings® Health Nut t-shirt.

Little Nutthings Health Nut  t-shirt
Why are nuts good for us?

They’re high in plant protein, anti-oxidants, monounsaturated fatty acids (the ‘good’ fats), vitamins and minerals. They’re cholesterol free and a great source of fiber. Studies show a variety of health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Peanuts are so nutritious they’re a major ingredient in Plumpy’nut™, a ready-to-use therapeutic food that has revolutionized the way childhood malnutrition is treated and prevented around the world

Pretty impressive, any down side?.
On average, nuts have have 9 calories per gram, making them the most calorie-dense nutrient. So unless you want to gain weight, don’t add nuts to your diet without subtracting a similar number of calories; for example, substitute nuts for chips or cookies. Second, remember that many processed nuts that are so handy for snacks are fried in oil and/or laced with salt, which can raise your blood pressure.

 Are the benefits the same for all nuts?
No, according to data from the University of Toronto all kinds of nuts are superfoods – but their primary health benefits, and calories, vary. Most studies indicate that walnuts, Brazil nuts and almonds provide the most healthful benefits. Personally, we love them all. Here’s the calorie count for one ounce of the 10 favorites. Note that one ounce is not very much; one ounce of Brazil nuts is only 6-8 nuts.

  1. Almonds: 169 calories
  2. Brazil Nuts: 190 calories
  3. Cashews: 163 calores
  4. Hazelnuts/filberts: 178 calories
  5. Macadamia nuts: 204 calories
  6. Peanuts: 166 calories
  7. Pecans: 196 calories
  8. Pine Nuts: 160
  9. Pistachios: 161 calories
  10. Sunflower seeds: 165 calories
  11. Walnuts: 185 calories.

Not to mention coconuts, cedar nuts, and so many more. We could go on and on about the benefits of each. The bottom line: nuts are fun and good for you! Go shell out for some soon. Just eat them by the handful, not the can full.

And as Flo says “Live Well … and Out of the Shell™”.

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Little NutThings is nuts for …

Little Nutthings Thanksgiving

Thanks for Nutthing

LITTLE NUTTHINGS® IS NUTS FOR …DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS.

Everyday, we give thanks for nutthing. We’re grateful for our good fortune and believe in shelling out for a good cause. So a portion of every LN store sale is donated to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières to support its efforts to treat and prevent childhood malnutrition. MSF distributes ready-to-use foods like Plumpy’nut™–one of the best uses of peanuts ever!

Plumpy’nut is a peanut-based paste in a plastic wrapper for treatment of severe acute malnutrition manufactured by a French company, Nutriset. Removing the need for  hospitalization, the 92 gram packets of this paste can be administered at home and allow larger numbers to be treated. … The ingredients in Plumpy’nut include peanut-based paste, with sugar, vegetable fat and skimmed milk powder, enriched with vitamins and minerals.  Plumpy’nut is said to be “surprisingly tasty”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plumpy%27nut

A bit more about our heroes at MSF, from its website (www.doctorswithoutborders.com):

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.
Today, MSF provides independent, impartial assistance in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe …  MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Help out a good cause today by buying T shirts for your friends and family at www.littlennutthings.com.  Then maybe suggest another charity we should support when we launch our next new product.

Meanwhile, Live Well … and Out of the Shell™.